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Blow our Whistle

12.21.2005

A little earlier I wandered through some of the arguements on whistle blowers arising from the Howlin result yesterday. It seems that fates have handed me more fodder to consider in the form of this post over at Mental Meanderings. The U.N has set up a whistle blowing process to ensure safety for the informant etc.
The policy quote pulled from Fi;



As part of his campaign to revamp the United Nations and root out misdeeds and mismanagement, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has signed a new whistleblower protection policy, to take effect on 1 January, aimed at ensuring that the world body functions in an open, transparent and fair manner.
Retaliation against individuals who have reported misconduct or who have cooperated with audits or investigations violates the fundamental obligation of all staff members to uphold the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity and to discharge their functions and regulate their conduct with the best interests of the Organization in view, the new policy states.



It seems inevitable from this quote that any whistle blower in the UN will have to go public but be guarded from retaliation. I think anyone how considers the TD arguments for confidentiality would reach a similar conclusion that in the case of whistle blowing, revelation of identity is somewhat inevitable. Still on goes the debate.

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  1. Blogger P O'Neill | 4:36 a.m. |  

    One reason why Howlin might be nervous is that if the Tom Gildea pattern is repeated, his source was Frank Connolly.

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